Hairdressing Intermediate 1

What is special about this course?

This Skills for Work course will give such candidates an introduction to hairdressing, build confidence and give the opportunity to develop a range of employability and core skills.

Entry requirements

This is a Skills for Work course which is open to S4 school pupils.  Please dicuss with your school guidance teacher should you wish to apply.

Salon Awareness:  This unit introduces candidates to the roles and responsibilities of team members in a hairdressing salon and explores the diversity of available roles in the hairdressing industry.  Candidates will participate in a number of activities which will help them to develop knowledge and understanding of their role within the salon structure. The unit also covers basic knowledge of working safely and an awareness of health and safety legislation.

Working in the Salon:  This unit introduces candidates to the general salon duties which will be undertaken by someone initially entering work in a hairdressing salon. Candidates will also learn how to shampoo and condition hair and will develop skills in drying techniques, which will be beneficial to them as they progress in the hairdressing industry.

Employability Skills:  This unit focuses on the employability skills identified by employers in the hairdressing industry.  They will have the opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses and identify their own development needs. These skills are transferable to other employment areas and will in general enhance candidates’ employability.

Creativity:  This unit will encourage candidates to express their creativity.  The unit is based on a creativity assignment which allows candidates to explore and interpret their own individuality and style. They will also plan, prepare for and produce, with support, an image on a mannequin head. Candidates will have an opportunity to use existing skills and develop new skills.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

You will attend college half a day per week for 1 academic year.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

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    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Progression to further training in Hairdressing.

    Is there more information available online?

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    Please discuss with your school guidance teacher if you would like to apply for this course.

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.